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Reds at Cubs, Game 1: Preview/Predictions Thread

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds

at Chicago Cubs

Monday, April 11, 2016
8:15 PM
Wrigley Field

Brandon Finnegan v. Jon Lester

Your upstart Reds face their first road test tonight, as they venture into Chicago for their home opener.

The Cubs are the current favorites of the NL Central, even without Kyle Schwarber, who had an ugly injury to end his season last week. They'll have Jon Lester starting their first game. Lester's making his second start of the year, his first being a win against the Angels. Lester faced the Reds 4 times last year in his debut season in Chicago, and had quality starts 3 of the 4 times.

Meanwhile, the Reds are co-division leaders with the Cubs, and have Brandon Finnegan on the mound making his second start of the year. He only gave up 2 runs and struck out 9 in 6 innings during Red Reporter's Game 2 appearance, and will look to build on that confidence and give the Reds first place outright.

Go Reds! They're my favorite team!

Bullpen Log

Reliever 4/6 4/7 4/8 4/9 4/10 5 day totals
J.J. Hoover

0.1, 9p 1.0, 11p

1.1 IP, 20 pitches
Tony Cingrani

1.0, 14p 0.1, 8p

1.1 IP, 22 pitches
Jumbo Diaz

1.0, 13p 0.2, 19p
1.0, 15p
2.2 IP, 47 pitches
Caleb Cotham
2.0, 22p
1.0, 12p 1.0, 15p

4.0 IP, 49 pitches
Ross Ohlendorf

1.0, 10p 0.2, 14p
1.0, 21p
2.2 IP, 45 pitches
Blake Wood
1.0, 15p
1.0, 15p 1.0, 17p

3.0 IP, 47 pitches
Keyvius Sampson

1.0, 24p

1.0 IP, 24 pitches
Dan Straily

3.0, 56p
3.0 IP, 56 pitches